- Aug 9, 2010
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- The Oaks
Sorry - Not true! I use a Holly type "vain" positive displacement petrol transfer pump - have had no problems over the last 5 years or so. You will find this discussion/photos etc elsewhere on this ForumYou can utilise an electric automotive fuel pump, but the connections you install are the critical area. A properly-designed petrol pump is totally flameproof. Arcing at connection points is a real threat.
No "consumer level" electric pump is designed for pumping petrol, they all specify "diesel only".
The danger is in the fumes, not the liquid. Remember, petrol fumes in confined spaces have substantial explosive power - and even in unconfined spaces, they will start a fire from many metres away.
After you've watched a 200 litre drum, containing nothing but petrol vapour, travel 300M after it's been ignited (purposely, for demonstration purposes), you gain a whole new level of respect for the power in petrol fumes.